January 16, 2013
My mother suffers from seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) Her moods are greatly affected by the weather. She lives in Minnesota where the winters are brutal. Sunlight therapy and extra vitamin D are suppose to help, but they don't. Winter's harshness has effected many this season. I wonder who else has SADs but doesn't realize it. My mother pretty much becomes unreachable during the holidays, and prefers to communicate only via email. There was no Christmas or New Years phone call, and no way to wish her well. Thankfully, my sister lives near her, and from what I'm told my mother just shuts down at this time.
She has no desire to move, or even visit a warm place, even though all her kids think it a great idea. Many are affected by this: my mom, sister, the grandchildren, even the neighbors.
I believe we broadcast to many with some type of undiagnosed illness, be it mental or physical. I remember taking the 42 St. subway home to Queens after viewing The Silence of the Lambs. That movie really freaked me out, and I wondered who else on that subway car could dream of a human meal with lava beans. Only in New York, right kids? I don't think so.
Let this reminder empower and remind you that you are a friend to many who struggle, some who are on their way to surgery, healing from a past hurt, or planning a celebration. Women in labor, mothers driving a child to therapy or a wife on her way to another marriage counseling session; all are listening at any given time. You provide free relief without the hassle of insurance claim forms. No co-pay, just your dazzling personality and their favorite music. Sweet!
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Right now she could be...
• Planning to skydive
• Journaling the food she's eaten that day
• Recuperating from her son's wedding
• Planning for spring break
• Organizing her yarn stash
• Putting away her holiday decorations
• Waiting on a pregnancy test
• Training her puppy
• Preparing a brief
- Writing a script
• You need to wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds or more to kill the germs, bacteria, and viruses. If there's no hot water handy, she can use a hand
sanitizer. A humidifier in the bedroom helps keep the air clear of viruses, and it's not too late to get a flu shot.
• Prevention magazine found that 60 percent of those polled have never been to the dermatologist for a skin check. She should make this a priority.
- Google.com/health has a free program that stores all medical records and allows you to print a wallet-size version of your profile.
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